Kidnapped! Kealan Patrick Burke Interview

 

1) When you told stories with your other family members, did you compete to see who told the best stories?

At home, we didn’t really tell each other stories. We read them. Book discussions were common in the household. Still are, as a matter of fact. Oral storytelling was more of a rural thing, and in that regard, my grandfather held court with outrageous tales of ghosts and devils. Nobody tried to compete with him, though. There wouldn’t have been any point. He was the master!

2) At what age were you that you knew you would be a writer?

As soon as I had the cognitive ability to recognize ambition, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I lost myself in books as soon as I could pick one up, and though I had brief dalliances with other ambitions (criminal lawyer, astronaut), this was always what I was going to end up doing.

3) You have had quite a bit of profession, other than being a writer, which did you enjoy most? I hear being an editor of a website is loads of fun 😉

Oh yes, being a fiction editor was a very rewarding experience. I also really enjoyed fraud investigating and bar work. At the opposite end of the scale were the security guard, salesman, and waiting jobs, which, while they are all perfectly respectable lines of work, did nothing but suck the life out of me because they involved being verbally abused and treated like dirt most of the day.

4) What do you do for inspiration for stories?

Nothing. They come to me out of the blue, or from the things I see and hear around me. Inspiration is not something that requires any effort whatsoever. It’s making good stories out of them that takes all the work. 

5) Do you model stories from life experiences or do you model it from characters you conjure?

Certainly, there’s a lot of my life experience at play in the stories. To write real people, you must know them. To craft a convincing world, you must know your own. But often, the characters will run away with themselves and tell me the story rather than the other way around. That’s always the best part: the feeling of just being along for the ride rather than driving the car.

6) In this recent novel, Blanky, what inspired you to write this story?

I wanted to study the worst kind of grief and loss and the effect it has on people, how it affects relationships, how it contaminates love. This was the goal long before I came across a vintage child’s blanket on Etsy. It was pretty much as I describe it in the story: old, faded, with weird bunnies stitched into it. Once I saw that I had all I needed to write Blanky.

7) You are a Bram Stoker winner, how did you feel when you won?

Elated. I’d been reading horror novels throughout my teens that declared the author a “Bram Stoker Award-Winner” on the cover. I remember telling myself that one day I would win one, with no real conviction that it would ever happen. Then it did, and other than the wicked cool statue, it was a lovely acknowledgment from my peers, and an honor to share a category with some of my biggest influences.  

8) Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?

Oh yes. It’s a dreadful thing to have the will to write when the words won’t come. Usually what I do is write conversations, just the dialogue, no descriptions or speech tags, and see where it goes. This almost always works. When it doesn’t, I quit trying and go find other non-writing-related things to do until the muse kicks in the door.

9) What is your favorite monster? Human villain?

My favorite monsters are the quieter, less showy ones, the ones that are averse to monologues and showboating. The ones that hide in the dark, so you never see them coming, like depression, disease, loneliness, insecurity, grief, envy, rage. Us, basically. And how do you defeat a monster if it’s you?

10) How can we find you on social media, website, and purchase your books?

My website is kealanpatrickburke.com. You can find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kealan.burke, Twitter @kealanburke and Instagram: @kealanpatrick

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Press Release: Jurassic Jackaroo A Hunted Tribe Prequel – Book 1: Jasper’s Junction

Jurassic Jackaroo

A Hunted Tribe Prequel – Book 1: Jasper’s Junction

How does the greatest gunslinger of the old west end his career? By hunting a dinosaur animal spirit, of course..

Karl Redgrave has a big plan for his retirement party. He’s bringing together the world’s greatest criminals, murderers, warriors, and assassins to hunt something worthy of them all: a highly intelligent, seven-foot tall dinosaur spirit; known to the natives as the Grishla.

Of course, Karl wants only the best on his safari, so he has pitted these men against each other in a deadly contest in an old ghost town, with five winners securing a place in the hunt.

Who will live? Who will win? And if they win, can they survive the final confrontation with the beast?

Roma Gray began writing at the age of 8 and wrote her first novel when she was 13. Besides writing, she is also a project manager in the IT field. Her other interests include painting, hiking, archeology, and physics.

Jurassic Jackaroo is Part of Project 26, P26, a series of 26 books, each one representing a different letter in the alphabet, with each letter in turn represented a horror-related concept that starts with that letter.

“Roma skillfully takes you on a rip-roarin’ adventure ride, filled with monsters (including the human variety), terror, intrigue, some real laugh-out-loud moments and most of all; memorable, extremely likeable and also hate-able characters.” ~Toneye Eyenot

“It’s some of Roma’s best writing. The story grabs you from the first page and refuses to let you go, indeed, you don’t want to go, but it’s the story that leaves you at the end.” ~Dona Fox

Roma Gray can be reached at the following:

Website: http://www.TrickorTreatThrillers.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005601256861

Kidnapped! Confessions Publicity: Blanky by Kealan Patrick Burke

This week, Confessions Publicity has kidnapped HorrorAddicts.net to tell us about their new book available: Blanky by Kealan Patrick Burke. Today, we will take a look at the synopsis and learn a little bit about the author.

 

“In the wake of his infant daughter’s tragic death, Steve Brannigan is struggling to keep himself together. Estranged from his wife, who refuses to be inside the house where the unthinkable happened, and unable to work, he seeks solace in an endless parade of old sitcoms and a bottle of bourbon.

Until one night he hears a sound from his daughter’s old room, a room now stripped bare of anything that identified it as hers…except for her security blanket, affectionately known asBlanky.

Blanky, old and frayed, with its antiquated patchwork of badly sewn rabbits with black button eyes, who appear to be staring at the viewer…

Blanky, purchased from a strange old man at an antique stall selling “BABY CLOSE” at a discount.

The presence ofBlanky in his dead daughter’s room heralds nothing short of an unspeakable nightmare that threatens to take away what little light remains in Steve’s shattered world.

Because his daughter lovedBlanky so much, he buried her with it.”

A new novella from the Bram Stoker Award-Winning author of SOUR CANDY and KIN.

 

 

 

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Born and raised in a small harbor town in the south of Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke knew from a very early age that he was going to be a horror writer. The combination of an ancient locale, a horror-loving mother, and a family full of storytellers, made it inevitable that he would end up telling stories for a living. Since those formative years, he has written five novels, over a hundred short stories, six collections, and edited four acclaimed anthologies. In 2004, he was honored with the Bram Stoker Award for his novella The Turtle Boy.

Kealan has worked as a waiter, a drama teacher, a mapmaker, a security guard, an assembly-line worker at Apple Computers, a salesman (for a day), a bartender, landscape gardener, vocalist in a rock band, curriculum content editor, fiction editor at Gothic.net, and, most recently, a fraud investigator.

When not writing, Kealan designs book covers through his company Elderlemon Design.

A number of his books have been optioned for film.

Visit him on the web at www.kealanpatrickburke.com.

Band Contest – HorrorAddicts.net Theme Song

Band Contest – HorrorAddicts.net Theme Song

offhabandsfThe theme for Season 13 is… “This place is CURSED!” So keep that in mind when submitting your song.

Every three seasons, HorrorAddicts.net chooses a new theme song.

Bands / Musicians are now welcome to submit their song for possible use on the show. If chosen, your song will be played as the theme song every show for three seasons.  Your band name will be mentioned on every show to thousands of listeners across the globe. HorrorAddicts.net is an international podcast with our largest fan bases located in: UK, USA, Australia, Canada, and South Africa.

The song submitted must be in mp3 format.
Send us an email to: horroraddicts@gmail.com

Email must include:
*Your band name

*Short (100 words or less) bio.

ckgbadge*An mp3 of the song you’d like considered

*Contact email

*Picture of the band in png, or jpg format.

This contest closes Dec 31st, 2017 and winners will be announced publicly in 2018.

The new theme song will debut on Season 13 of HorrorAddicts.net starting in 2018.

By entering this contest, you are agreeing to allow your song played for three seasons of HorrorAddicts.net.

CometTV.Com November Viewing Guide

Check out the new Horror/SciFi network! CometTV.com is a digi-network which people can watch via antenna and/or streaming live via the web. It’s the home for the best in classic horror and sci-fi films showing some of the most unique and rare genre content including films rarely seen from the MGM library.

AIRING ON COMET in November

YOU DON’T NEED A SUBSCRIPTION TO
WATCH THESE GREAT MOVIES…
THEY’RE AIRING FOR FREE ON COMET!

November Weekly Themes
Airing weekdays at 4P/3C throughout November,
check schedule at CometTV.com
Werewolves (11/6 – 11/10)
Vampires (11/13 – 11/17)
Ghosts (11/20 – 11/24)
Interplanetary Romance (11/27 – 12/1)

November Friday Night Movies
Friday Primetime Movie 8P/7C
Saturday Encore Presentation 8P/7C
Cowboys VS Dinosaurs (2015)
Friday, November 3 at 8P/7C
Cowboys VS Vampires (2013)
Friday, November 10 at 8P/7C
Starman (1984)
Friday, November 17 at 8P/7C
Deep Space (1987)
Friday, November 24 at 8P/7C


FREAKY FEAST MOVIE MARATHON!

Thursday, November 23 starting at 10A/9C

Thanksgiving Day (November 23, starting at 10A/9C), COMET TV is cranking up
the heat in the kitchen with Freaky Feast Movie Marathon featuring Superbeast,
The Incredible Melting Man, Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf, The Video
Dead, The Beast Within and Creature. Tune in for perfect pass-the- cranberry-sauce scenery.

Superbeast (1972)
starting at 10A/9C
Incredible Melting Man (1978)
starting at NOON/11C
Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf (1985)
starting at 2P/1C
The Video Dead (1986)
starting at 4P/3C
The Beast Within (1982)
starting at 6P/5C
Creature (1985)
starting at 8P/7C


SERIES ON COMET
Andromeda
Classic Space Opera is coming to COMET! Based on materials from sci-fi legend
Gene Roddenberry, Andromeda stars all action hero Kevin Sorbo as the Captain
of the Andromeda Ascendant, a highly advanced ship whose crew is charged
with restoring power and stability to the Systems Commonwealth. But, to
succeed the Andromeda crew must battle one of sci-fi’s weirdest looking bad
guys….the sinister Magog!
Weekdays at 2P/1C and 10P/9C

Stargate: Atlantis
If you thought gate-hopping action was fun in the Milky Way, just wait until you
see what it’s like in the Pegasus Galaxy. Stargate: Atlantis sees a team of
international scientists unlocking the secrets of a legendary ancient city,
discovering a whole new stargate network in a whole new galaxy, and bringing
them face to face with the Wraith, a powerful enemy who are best summed up
with the term ‘Evil Space Vampires’!
Weekdays at 3P/2C and 11P/10C

Kidnapped! The Revival of the Psychological Horror Film by Sumiko Saulson

The Revival of the Psychological Horror Film

Many believed 2016 was hexed. A strange rise in celebrity deaths and rampant international terrorism reinforced the impression. There were viable explanations for the trends, such as Baby Boomers entering their golden years. Nonetheless, the superstition persisted.

The media responded with excessive coverage of real-life brutality. It often included graphic video imagery, such as ISIS executions. News footage became more violent than the latest episode of The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. To worsen matters, with the popularity of social media, people were getting instant updates on the world’s latest tragedies twenty-four seven. Oversaturated by non-stop coverage, our appetite for bloodthirsty gore-centered horror began to taper off. In theaters, we saw a resurgence of the psychological horror film in theaters. Torture porn like Purge: Election Year became harder to find. Creepy, suspenseful horror movies like as Lights Out and The Boy abounded.

Psychological horror relies on suspense and character development. It preys upon primitive fear of the unknown. Classic psychological horror films include Rosemary’s Baby, Psycho and Jacob’s Ladder. While not completely free of the gore and nerve-shattering jump cuts splatter films rely upon, these movies use mystery and dramatic tension to weave a sense of dread.

The VVitch, one of the most successful films of 2016, fits into this subgenre. It creates a chilling atmosphere by introducing supernatural elements gradually to build anticipation. It doesn’t rely on special effects for its punch. Using character behavior to convey danger, like The Shining and The Amityville Horror before it, the movie creates a portentous atmosphere before any real danger comes into play. Ouija: Origin of Evil is another psychological horror film which combines the suspense of psychological horror with more traditional creature makeup, special effects and sound effects. This is similar to classic supernatural thrillers such as The Exorcist, and The Omen

Not all psychological horror films are supernatural. Jordan Peele’s debut horror film Get Out combines science-fiction elements with horror, akin to The Stepford Wives and Invasion of the Body Snatchers before it. Like many films in this subgenre, it involves mystery, placing a skeptical protagonist in an unnatural setting that prompts his investigation. In this film, a black man, Chris Washington, goes to meet his white girlfriend’s parents, who live in a gated community. As the audience follows the protagonist through this seemingly ordinary town, a series of surreal, strange events ensue. He notices something is very wrong with the people of the town, and the fabric of reality begins to unwind around him.

While some psychological horror movies such as The Forest and The Conjuring 2 are not very good, award-winning non-comedy horror tends to fall into this subgenre. Only 14 horror movies have ever won Academy Awards. Oscar-winning psychological horror films include Sleepy Hollow, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Misery, and Black Swan. They use careful plotting, excellent writing, and convincing acting to engage audiences instead of cheap thrills, gimmicks, and special effects.

 

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 About the Author: Sumiko Saulson is Sumiko Saulson is a horror, sci-fi and dark fantasy writer, winner of the StokerCon Scholarship from Hell and 2nd Place Carry the Light Sci-Fi Short Story Award. Born to African-American and Russian-Jewish parents, she is a native Californian and has spent most of her adult life in the Bay Area. She ranked 6th place in the Next Great Horror Writer Contest.

The Snowman, in Theaters Now!

The Snowman, in theaters now!

A terrifying thriller based on the novel by Jo Nesbø  is about a sociopath who calls himself “The Snowman Killer” who has targeted the one person for whom he wants to showoff his methodical, unthinkable skills: the lead investigator of an elite crime squad. With cunningly simplistic baits, he begs to have a worthy opponent with which to play his sick game.

When the next snow falls who will he take?

Based on Jo Nesbø’s global bestseller, The Snowman stars Michael Fassbender (X-Men series) and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation)

When an elite crime squad’s lead detective, Harry Hole (Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.

Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Val Kilmer (Heat) and Academy Award® winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) also star in The Snowman, a terrifying thriller from director Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

Website: http://www.thesnowmanmovie.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesnowmanmovie/
Twitter: @thesnowmanmovie